FIVE MEMBERS of Hedon Youth Group recently took part in the Humberside Police Night Challenge.
The overnight orienteering Challenge is an eleven mile night-time walk in the East Riding and was held on the 9th March 2013. It encourages young people to work together as a team in challenging conditions throughout the night, whilst attempting mental and physical tasks. The route planning, navigation and team leadership was left to the team of five to successfully complete under the watchful eye of a walk supervisor.
Humberside Police have reviewed the event: “The weekend’s weather failed to dampen the spirits of the young people who took part in the Night Challenge event as 130 intrepid 13 to 17 year olds from across the HumbersidePolice area who are new to outdoor pursuits came together to be part of the fifth Humberside Police Night Challenge event. Spirits were high as teams arrived at Hull Ionians, Brantingham to register, take part in a briefing and have some food before heading off into the night to take on the 11.5 mile hike over challenging terrain, a task which would take anywhere between 5 and 6 hours to complete.
“Along the way teams came across six challenges; from plotting their route, creating a wigwam structure as part of the firefighter challenge, facing a mock scene of crime, to securing a team member in a stretcher with the assistance of the Coastguard Agency, to the Environment Agency’s ‘Tree Huggers Marsh’ initiative exercise!
“Upon completion of the hike, teams were on a real high as teamwork, communication skills, and sheer determination got them to cross the finish line! Apart from aching feet, the sense of achievement was evident to see.”
Scott Burton, Youth Worker with Hedon Youth Group, said: “Its our second year of putting a team forward. And at the awards ceremony on the 9th April, Bethan Mason was presented with a special award and has the chance to win a place on an outward bound course organised by the Tribune Trust, who co ordinates the Night Challenge in association with a number of agencies, including the police, fire and rescue and the coastguard service.
“Bethan was presented with her outstanding achievement award on the awards ceremony night and the group are very proud of her!”
Find out more about Hedon Youth Group at their website.